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Spring Cleaning: Purification for Mind-Body Health

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about spring cleaning – outside and in. Purification practices are one of the many things we can do if we want to live healthier lives. Shaucha – translated as purity or cleanliness – is the first of the five Niyamas, which are commitments we make to...

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Sacred Space: Holding It For Students

What does it mean to hold sacred space? As yoga teachers, we hear it a lot; but what is it exactly?For about a year, I struggled to pinpoint how I could hold sacred space and what that space needed to feel like. My students were always different, with different wants and needs. For the short...

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Hygge, Yoga & Embracing Comfort

The word Hygge was first explained to me by a Danish friend a few years ago. I marvelled as she told me stories of people pulling off busy roadways to relax with a hot drink from a thermos, all for some moments of comfort and warmth. An article from the New Yorker describes the Danish word hygge...

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Meet Andrea McHattie-Christensen | 200HR YTT Student

This interview was held with current 200HR student, Andrea McHattie-Christensen of Ontario, Canada, in February 2021. Andrea hopes to complete the 200 hour by the fall of 2021 and then begin the 300 hour program, for which she is already enrolled. But she'll go with whatever ends up playing...

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What’s Your Relationship With Diversity?

I grew up thinking I was exactly the same as everyone else. However, I soon came to realize I was not. I never saw that I had limitations or that I could be treated differently; and to an extent I still do have this view. I was born with a rare physical condition called Poland Syndrome, resulting...

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Weather As My Yoga Practice

Weather is my yoga practice. Being Vata dosha predominant (in terms of Ayurvedic Constitution), I am very sensitive to the wind and cold temperatures. When it gets cold, I start to shut down. I get grumpy and lazy and blame the weather for my bad mood.I live in Vancouver and this year we have had...

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Tips for Overcoming Winter Inertia

in·er·tiaiˈnərSHə/noun1. a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.I don’t know about you, but I get a serious case of the “blahs” this time of year and overcoming the inertia keeping me on my couch seems impossible. Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, we are in the heart of darkness and...

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How Can Distress Be A Tool For Transformation?

Distress is a word that usually makes me feel uncomfortable simply upon hearing it. Distress is something I tend to avoid, which to me seems like natural animal behaviour: avoid that which could be unpleasant. The word distress means “to cause anxiety, sorrow or pain” and is based on Latin verb...

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Unity: Yoga Can Heal Divides

Let’s face it, this is a difficult time for people; we’ve lost all sense of unity. Here in the United States, it feels like people are focused on what divides us, rather than what unifies us. The news is full of protesters and negative media directed at opposing sides hating one another and...

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Meet Ashley Murray | 2017 Alumnus

This interview was held with Alumnus, Ashley Murray, in January 2021. Originally from the U.S. she now lives in Portugal with her partner at Cara Creek Eco Lodge, a unique place that they co-created. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the 300...

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